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Trump uses Israel as example to promote Mexico wall in Oval Office clash with Democrats

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) listens while presumptive speaker, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (2L), US President Donald Trump (2R) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer argue at the White House December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

US President Donald Trump has used Israel's wall as an example to portray the idea of building a border wall as an efficient one.

“If you really want to find out how effective a wall is, just ask Israel,” said the president before clashing with the Democratic leaders over his border wall at the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.

He then added that his wall is “99.9 percent effective” and "every bit as good" as the one built by Israel on Palestinian lands.

Trump warned House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader, threatening to shut down the government if his demands for border wall money are not met.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump said.

After being accused of wanting a “Trump shutdown” by Pelosi, the president appeared angered as Vice President Mike Pence was seated silently at the explosive meeting.

“I think the American people recognize that we must keep government open, that a shutdown is not worth anything and that we should not have a Trump shutdown,” Pelosi said in her opening remarks.

Schumer also disagreed with a shutdown at the meeting, after which he accused Trump of throwing a "temper tantrum" to secure funding.

“The bottom line is simple. The president made it clear he wants a shutdown," The New York Democrat told reporters outside the West Wing.

After returning to the Capitol from the tempestuous meeting, Pelosi also mocked Trump, comparing his efforts for border-wall funding to a “manhood thing.”

"It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,” the California Democrat told members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in a closed-door meeting. “But the fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his… That was an accomplishment."

The Republican president has vowed to crack down on immigration, in part by building a wall on the border with Mexico, but has failed to get his complete agenda through so far.

Since campaigning for the 2016 presidential election, Trump has been accused of stoking racial, ethnic and religious tensions lurking within America.

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